You'll find this beautiful opera house directly opposite Tahrir Square going east across the Qasr al-Nil Bridge in the heart of Zamalek - an island in the Nile. Last week my wife and I enjoyed the ballet of Romeo & Juliet. Last fall I saw the opera of Aida. Both experiences were quite pleasant. For just 100 Egyptian Pounds (about $14 USD), you can buy the best seat in the house. Unfortunately, the opera house is not set up to sell tickets via the Internet and I don't think they'll sell tickets over the phone, but I'm not positive about that. I went several days in advance to the ticket window to buy our tickets. The artists, both ballet and orchestra, were professional. The opera last fall was very good, too. It might not be quite on par with other hallmarks like New York or London, but I was sufficiently impressed and pleased with the performances. I was glad that no one was smoking inside at anytime. Some idiots played with their smart phones during the performances and the ushers did nothing to enforce the "no electronics" policy. The seats are a tad bit cramped - I would imagine if you're extra tall or overweight it might not be as comfortable. But it really is a relaxing, beautiful place to visit for a fine evening of entertainment. I would highly recommend if you're spending an extended amount of time in Cairo. For men, jackets and ties are required in the main hall.
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